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Protecting Your Rights: Serving Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain
May 12, 2016
In this issue:
• Medicaid Expansion Lawsuit
• Criminal Justice Reform
• Community Events
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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This week students, friends, and families all across Anchorage are coming together to celebrate high school graduation. Congratulations to all of Alaska’s high school graduates and best wishes on all of your future endeavors!

Medicaid Lawsuit Appealed Without a Vote in the House or Senate

Last week, in the latest turn in the ongoing saga of some legislators’ attempts to unravel Governor Walker’s decision to expand the public Medicaid health care program, the House Majority filed an appeal in state Supreme Court to halt Medicaid expansion. The House Rules Chairman took this action without a vote of the House. In taking this unilateral action, Rep. Johnson is disregarding legal advice from the Legislature’s attorney. Judge Pfiffner has already rejected the legislature’s arguments, and the Alaska Supreme Court rejected an earlier request for review by the legislature.

This action in filing notice of the appeal is contrary to the advice of the Legislature’s Legal Services Director, Doug Gardener. According to Mr. Gardner, the decision to appeal Judge Pfiffner’s decision requires a full House and Senate vote. But the House Majority has not allowed the full House to vote on whether to appeal Judge Pfiffner’s decision. And the Senate has declined to take action on an appeal, as the Washington D.C. lawyers have only appealed on behalf of the House. The cost for an appeal is projected to be $100,000 or more.
Last year, our constituent survey showed over 75% support for Medicaid expansion. And a state-wide poll by the Republican Party showed approximately 60% favor Medicaid expansion. Medicaid expansion is projected to offer affordable health care to 40,000 low-income Alaskans. I do not support the appeal to the Alaska Supreme Court.

At a minimum, whether to appeal Judge Pfiffner’s decision deserves a vote of the full House. I will continue to work with other legislators to find opportunities to end the appeal of Judge Pfiffner’s decision so that we can stop incurring legal fees from the Washington D.C. lawyers.

Criminal Justice Reform

As I wrote in my last newsletter, last week the House approved SB 91, the Criminal Justice Reform Bill. After SB 91 was approved, one representative moved for reconsideration. Wednesday, the House reconsidered the Criminal Justice Reform Bill and, once again, passed SB 91. SB 91 now returns to the Senate for their consideration.

Community Events and Opportunities

Today was the beginning of the Spenard Food Truck Carnival! Happening every Thursday from 11am-2pm in the Chilkoot Charlie’s parking lot.
Today was the beginning of the Spenard Food Truck Carnival! Happening every Thursday from 11am-2pm in the Chilkoot Charlie’s parking lot. Check out the event page 
here!

On Friday, community members are invited to participate in the Alaska Visitor Industry Charity Walk to raise money for local nonprofits.
On Friday, community members are invited to participate in the Alaska Visitor Industry Charity Walk to raise money for local nonprofits. Register 
here!

As the session continues on, please feel free to contact me with any suggestions or concerns.

Sincerely,

signed: Matt Claman

    Rep. Matt Claman

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Contact Information

(907) 465-4919

Rep.Matt.Claman@akleg.gov

State Capitol Bldg. Rm 405
Juneau, Alaska 99801

www.repmattclaman.com

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